The sad reality of our world today is that certain places might not be around for much longer. This is due to a number of causes, with the most common reason being rising temperatures and sea levels, believed by most to be due to human-induced global warming. Problems can also occur naturally, with issues like tectonic plate movements providing cause for concern in some locations. Here’s our list of must-visit places to see before they disappear forever.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia – famous for its colorful sea life and for being the largest living structure on earth – is falling victim to rises in carbon dioxide levels and temperatures. Already, coral bleaching has affected approximately 95% of the area, according to Professor Terry Hughes at James Cook University. Bleaching is when the reefs suffer stress (such as from increased heat) and reject the algae that give it the bright colors, turning the coral white. This leads to a loss of the marine life that depend on the corals to survive. The rise in temperature means that other reefs around the world have been affected, too. Sadly, it would take hundreds if not thousands of years for the damage to be repaired, and if the increase in temperatures continues then more coral will be damaged and killed. Worldwide action to protect the reef is slow in coming, so visit this spectacular underground garden while you still can.
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